The opioid crisis that has plagued the United States for the past decade shows no sign of slowing down. In 2017, it was estimated that over 72,000 people died due to drug overdose in this country. Of those deaths, nearly two-thirds were due to prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and others. The current Oxycontin epidemic has been of major concern, and policymakers and addiction professionals have been working non-stop
State Representative John Nygren has been tackling the Opioid Epidemic head-on with his HOPE Agenda. As a parent John has personally been affected by opioids, making if difficult for him to standby and watch. In the video below Representative John Nygren discusses his struggles and shares his story. John has made a vow to help make changes to improve the condition of Wisconsin and ultimately our Nation in regards to
Everyone knows the stereotype of a heroin addict. A slumped over white guy, with little aspiration or hope. But as the opioid epidemic continues to grow, a lot of us are reckoning with an increasingly undeniable truth- that is not actually what opiate addicts look like. Or not most of them, anyways. “When my addiction was the worst, I was doing the best in my career I had ever done.
When people think about barriers to treatment and recovery for opioid addicts, they often consider lack of narcan, emergency services, or first responders. But there is actually something much more insidious that is stopping opiate addicts from getting treatment. And it’s stigma. Despite evidence that verifies addiction as a disease, addiction policy and treatment keeps getting formed on the basis of emotion, which quite often begets stigma. So what